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Open Primaries: A Wrong Idea

Andy Schmookler | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

It is reported that one of the reforms that Bernie Sanders would like to see implemented in the Democratic Party is the idea of "open" primaries. That...

The Primaries Aren't Rigged, But the Two-Party System Is

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.31.2016 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

For the last several months, two storylines about the presidential election have begun to emerge. The first is that both the Democratic and Republican Party are in crisis.The second story is much more specific to 2016 and is the notion that the election system is somehow rigged.

Just Sayin - In Support of Closed Primaries

Larry Hirsch | Posted 05.09.2016 | Politics
Larry Hirsch

Bernie Sanders' large loss in New York has brought the issue of open and closed primaries to the forefront. Bernie claims that he lost by such a big m...

When Independents Can Vote, Bernie Sanders Wins

Brian Hanley | Posted 05.03.2016 | Politics
Brian Hanley

Bernie Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton in Indiana on Tuesday. The Senator from Vermont cashed in on his overwhelming support from independent voters, who are allowed to participate in Indiana's open primary.

What Does Bernie Want?

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.03.2016 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

As it becomes clear to all but the most dedicated, and deluded, supporters of Bernie Sanders that Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee, some in the Vermont Senator's camp have turned their attention to reforming the nominating process in the Democratic Party.

Will the GOP Nomination Be 'Closed' to Donald Trump?

John A. Tures | Posted 03.08.2016 | Politics
John A. Tures

If you're concerned about Donald Trump winning the nomination, there's some good news. His losses in Kansas and Maine were no accident, as both contests are closed, limited only to party faithful. And future caucuses and closed primaries may deny Trump the GOP nomination.

Bernie, We're in a Bind: An Open Letter to Bernie Sanders From Jacqueline Salit, President, IndependentVoting.org

Jacqueline Salit | Posted 02.25.2016 | Politics
Jacqueline Salit

What do you plan to do with all those independents? They want much of what you want for this country. But they don't want to be Democrats.

Bernie Should Fight for Independent Voters

Jacqueline Salit | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
Jacqueline Salit

You did good in Iowa, Bernie. But here are some things you should do now. While you're in New Hampshire, go visit Tiani Coleman, head of New Hampshire Independent Voters. Ask her to help you tell the world you pledge to fight to make the electoral system fair for everyone.

Poll Dancing: Things Worth Knowing About Public Opinion

Kirby Goidel | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics
Kirby Goidel

Americans are buried in an avalanche of public opinion poll results. As a service to Huffington Post readers, we've assembled a list of things worth knowing and remembering when dealing with polls and opinion data presented in the media.

The Black Box: Top Two Primaries

Judy Frankel | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Political professionals and lobbyists often name a bill the opposite of what it does. The Clean Air Act, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, and the No Child Left Behind Act are all disingenuously named.

Trump's Non-Loyalty Oath: The Question of Independents

Jacqueline Salit | Posted 08.11.2015 | Entertainment
Jacqueline Salit

As much as Donald Trump called "foul" on tough questioning in the Fox debate, from the point of view of independent voters, the questioners weren't nearly tough enough. Or, put another way, independent enough.

Forming the Renaissance Preparation Committee

Dylan Ratigan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Dylan Ratigan

We need to be thankful for the lumbering old patriarch that is our current electoral finance and candidate selection process. It has guided us through many generations successfully. But the time has come to accept and collaborate on an updating of this system.

Corruption, Democracy and Political Reform

Harry Kresky | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics
Harry Kresky

The fight against corruption and the fight to expand democracy go hand and glove. If we do not recognize this, we allow those who seek greater control and less democracy to increase their power and the power of the parties they lead.

Cuomo Calls For 'Open Primaries' Following Scandals

Newsday | Posted 06.17.2013 | New York

ALBANY -- On the heels of a New York City mayoral scandal, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Tuesday called for "open primaries" for political party endorsements i...

Republicans Lose Big on Redistricting Gamble, Brown Moves Forward

William Bradley | Posted 03.31.2012 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

The California Republican Party put most of its remaining marbles on a desperate bid to derail the Citizens Redistricting Commission. That effort ended in abject failure on Friday.

Will open primaries shake up politics in Arizona -- And The West?

Pamela Powers Hannley | Posted 03.31.2012 | Politics
Pamela Powers Hannley

Open primaries--where all candidates regardless of party affiliation are listed on one ballot--would give voters (not political parties) a greater voice in government.

America's Two Political Reform Movements

Harry Kresky | Posted 03.13.2012 | Politics
Harry Kresky

If the White House only resists the partisanship of the Republicans, and never challenges the partisanship of both parties, it can have a hollow ring.

How Obama Can Be a Non-Partisan President

Jacqueline Salit | Posted 09.17.2011 | Politics
Jacqueline Salit

Independents have made it plain enough that they don't like partisanship, they don't like ideological dogmatism and they don't like.... well, parties. Even if they vote for them.

Democracy and the Institutions of Democracy

Harry Kresky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Kresky

Significantly, the first institution the pundits call for in Egypt is political parties. But here in America the people are fed up with the role the parties are playing in our democracy.

Recalling Schwarzenegger's Tenure as Governor

Jessica Levinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jessica Levinson

Like it or not, the Governator will not "be back." But behind all the rhetorical noise, it is worth asking, what does Arnold's tenure mean for the future of California?

The Reform Agenda -- Red Pills, Blue Agendas and the Neo-Johnsons

Edward Headington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Edward Headington

You do not have to have read George Orwell to know that one of the most abused words in the English language is "reform." It is almost as bad as our penchant for reviving old labels with the word "neo."

Why FairVote Opposes California's Prop 14 - But Seeks Reform

Rob Richie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Richie

FairVote's Board of Directors recently voted to oppose Proposition 14 on the ballot this June in California. Here is our statement. Many Californian...

Move On, MoveOn!

Jacqueline Salit | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacqueline Salit

MoveOn.org should "move in" with the progressive wing of the independent movement. Together we can fix our democracy by backing the structural political reforms which give power to the people, not to the parties.

Why Independents Are Right and Ralph Nader Is Wrong About Proposition 14

Harry Kresky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Kresky

Prop 14 would allow all voters, whether affiliated with a party or not, to vote in an all-inclusive first round in which every candidate is listed on the ballot with their party preference next to their name.

A Message to Michael (Smerconish)

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

By opting out of the GOP, as much as I am loathe to say it, Smerconish is hurting the country as a whole. He is giving these people more power than they deserve to have, at least in Pennsylvania.